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Firefighters in Illinois are battling to cool flaming tankers containing Ethanol after a train derailed late Thursday night in Tiskilwa, 115 miles west of Chicago. The cause of the accident is being investigated by the NTSB and the Illinois EPA. The 800-resident town of Tiskilwa has been completely evacuated.
From the Chicago Tribune:
Grant said crews are using water to cool the tankers and foam to extinguish the fire. In the meantime, the 800 residents of the town are being asked to stay away.
“We are asking people not to return to Tiskilwa,” Grant said.
Bureau County sheriff’s police had gone door-to-door early this morning to advise people to leave. Most residents went to stay with friends or relatives out of town, went to work or gathered about six miles away at Princeton High School, which was being used as a shelter.
Some took refuge at Indian Valley Inn, a restaurant and bar on Main Street.
“It’s a mess,” said Mike McComber, owner of the inn. “A quarter- to a half-mile of cars derailed. Many of them are on fire.
“Every time one of them explodes, it sounds like a bomb is going off. Three have gone off so far,” he said this morning, shortly after the derailment happened.
View unedited footage of the inferno from shortly after the crash here.
Submitted by Patrick McQueen